The Sunday Times calls Graham Norton‘s new novel, Home Stretch, a “compelling, bighearted, emotionally precise page-turner.” The RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judge, New York Times bestselling writer and acclaimed television host explores the aftermath of a tragedy on a small-town to illuminate the shame and longing that can flow through generations—and how the secrets of the heart cannot stay buried forever.
At first, the book was meant to be about family reconciliation, but as it took shape, it also became about the transformation of a nation. “I realized that I was going to go back and see this new Ireland,” Norton said of his main character. “For a lot of people, it’s bittersweet. You enjoy it, but you think, ‘Wow, I could have been part of this change.’”
He continued, “If I had been writing books in my 20s, they would have been simplistic, cynical, tough and funny in a smart way…Now that I’m telling stories in my 50s, there is more empathy and more willingness to understand how characters can do certain things.”
Snatch your copy of Home Stretch now at major retailers. Read the New York Times editorial featuring the full interview with Graham Norton here.